July 19, 2010 Subject:
On the Homefront
This is a strange 1944 PRC film. This very early juvenile dilinquency film (made during the war, when you would think the country's JD's would be in the Pacific Theater) uses young female leads as sort of stand-in stunt doubles for the young male JD roles; the "stunt" being acting. The young males are there all right; committing most of the crimes, but the females have the majority of the acting burden. No doubt this was due to the shortage of males in the country at the time, but the result is something that gives this one a different feel from other JD films. All the standard formulamatic JD film elements are here, but it is the beatings the girls endure from their fathers for the slightest transgression the film emphasizes as cause for their rebellion; not the economic reasons their boyfriends have for their thieving and robbing. Something of a "Rosie the Riveter as gangster moll" feeling emerges. Don't get me wrong, these girls are not liberated (even the wildest among them longs for a marriage proposal from her guy); they are quite submissive by today's feminine standards, but the first stirrings of the next generation's women's lib movement can be seen in their rebellion against their tyranical fathers. The film had as its primary audience young ladies that would soon become the mothers of the late 1960's bra burners; the seed of the future revolution against male dominance in general is here shown sprouting. And, too, this film may have been the seed from which the JD genre sprang - I am not aware of any earlier JD films, but I'm certainly no expert.
Despite the above look at this film as a snapshot of the culture of the country at the point in time at which it was made, I did not find this a very good film. It has several continuity flaws that make it difficult to not laugh at, the acting is poor, and the story is just downright flakey in places. Why do I get the feeling this was condensed from a serial?
Best intentional humor line:
Rocky's Dad: "I was at Larry's Beer Bar ... but I wasn't drinking."
Officer: "How long were you there?"
Rocky's Dad: "Until they closed."
4/10 because of the cultural history
January 10, 2010 Subject:
not so bad
This was actually a very watchable movie. Yes, the actresses were too old to be teenagers but the movie itself was not so bad for when it was made. I actually enjoyed it even though at the half-way point I was wondering if I was near the end or not. It turned out to have a happy ending, at least for some of the kids.
September 10, 2009 Subject:
Haven't watched it yet. Waiting for the title change. Watched it years ago, but don't remember anything but that the time was Delinquent Daughters then. No rating until I watch it.
Okay, Sept 10th, watched it, wish I hadn't. So dark, got a headache. Pretty girls, too old for high school, really not what I hoped for.Will give it 2 stars because was probably ahead of it's time, but nothing else.